Something about our sin nature does not like rules, does not like being told what to do and not do. However, when we are able to trust the heart of the one making the rule, it makes obedience easier. That is what we want from our children; we want them to trust our love for them and therefore obey our rules. The same is true with our heavenly Father.He gave us the ten commandments because He loves us. Remind your kids (and yourself) of His love behind the rules as you work through this week’s activities.
HIGHLIGHTS from the Weekend…
This week your child learned that God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, God’s holy mountain. God told Moses to give the law to the people to follow. The commandments are as follows: (Exodus 20)
- I am God, worship Me only.
- Do not make anyone or anything more important than Me.
- The Lord’s name is holy. Use it only the right way.
- Keep the Lord’s Day holy.
- Honor your father and mother.
- Do not kill anyone.
- Stay married to your husband or your wife.
- Do not steal.
- Do not lie.
- Do not wish you had something that someone else has.
- God's way is the best way.
- Following rules can't save us, only God can.
"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me."
John 14:6 (NLT)
John 14:6 (NLT)
3 Activities that Help Us Learn This Week's Teaching Truth:
1. Find a Plaque
Take your child to a park or building with an inscribed stone monument or statue. Explain that this looks a little bit like the stone on which Moses wrote the Ten Commandments. Point out that the monument/statue has been outside in the sun and rain for many years. When things are written in stone, they last a long time. Talk about God’s commandments using these questions.
1. What is a commandment? Where do we find God’s commandments?
2. What were some of the commandments God gave Moses on Mount Sinai?
3. Are we supposed to obey God’s rules?
4. Will obeying God make Him love us more? (No! We don’t obey to make God love us- we obey to show God we love Him.)
5. How do we listen to and obey God? (Read the Bible, pray, obey parents, etc.)
Head outside and use chalk to draw a hopscotch on the ground with numbers 1 -10. Help your child find a small rock to use while playing hopscotch. Have him gently toss the rock on a number and then hop to that number. Once he is at the number, have him say one of the 10 commandments. Continue until he has named all the commandments.
3. Practice to 10
Before starting this activity write out several activities on index cards such as hop 1 time, pat head 2 times, click tongue 3 times, shake head 4 times, turn around 5 times, jump 6 times, blink 7 times, clap 8 times, nod 9 times, stomp 10 times. Place all of the index cards inside a bag. Let your child choose one card from the bag and do what the card says. Help your child understand the concept of 10 to better understand how many rules God gave us.
Pray a short, simple prayer thanking God for the Ten Commandments. Thank Him that because of Jesus we have freedom and can know that we can depend on Him.
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